AIA 2030 Design Data Exchange (DDx) Overview 

The AIA 2030 Commitment is a growing national initiative that provides a consistent, national framework with simple metrics and a standardized reporting format to help firms evaluate the impact design decisions have on an individual project's energy performance. The profession can’t meet radical building energy use reduction targets one project at a time and architects are embracing the challenge at hand by thinking differently about sustainable design. 

AIA 2030 DDx:  What is the AIA 2030 DDx?

The AIA 2030 Design Data Exchange is an on-line tool that allows for a different approach to AIA 2030 Commitment reporting.  It is a collaborative effort between AIA, DOE, and the AIA 2030 Commitment Working Group to change the way project information can be input, reported and utilized by Firms, AIA and DOE moving forward.  It is developing the first of its kind, a data set on Design Energy!  There are databases related to existing buildings, such as the DOE's Building Performance Database, but there has yet to be one focused on the Design Energy side.  As the AIA 2030 DDx grows and more project data is contributed the integration with other databases, such as the Building Performance Database, have the potential to lead to interesting discoveries about the transition of projects from Design to Construction to Operations. 

Five Key Things

1. Streamlined Input and Reporting Process

The AIA 2030 DDx provides a streamlined approach to entering and submitting single or multiple projects, as well as allowing additional inputs to be associated with projects that can lead to other insights.  Single or multiple users from firms can utilize the AIA 2030 DDx in parallel and input project information to build up the firm's portfolio.  While entering the minimum required information, key project metrics are updated at the top of the screen for each project, and can also be viewed in the reports and portfolio.  

AIA 2030 Commitment reporting doesn't have to be a separate task, with the AIA 2030 DDx it can become part of your firm's project process, and more of the members of the firm can be involved.

2. Multiple Users within the Firm

The AIA 2030 DDx provides firm's the ability for different types of users to be associated with the firm's account.  Users can be one of three types:

  • Administrator - Can be multiple per firm.  Have the ability to create, edit, submit and withdraw projects as well as add other users

  • User - have the ability to create, edit, submit and withdraw

  • Viewer - have the ability to view and review projects, reports and research

The AIA 2030 DDx makes different approaches to reporting possible.  The following are just a few of the approaches that could be considered:

  • Rather than someone internally working to assemble all the necessary project information, it can be entered by the project team during the process.  They have the most familiarity with the project and the information more at their fingertips.   

  • Project teams could update the AIA 2030 Commitment information for each design and construction stage during the process, versus waiting for one or two staff to do it at the end of the reporting cycle.

  • Firm principals could be invited to the AIA 2030 DDx to review certain project information, reports or a filter set within Research


3. Your Firm's Portfolio on-line

The AIA 2030 DDx provides the opportunity to bring your firm's portfolio on-line in addition to participating in the AIA 2030 Commitment!  You can share project information, securely, internally across your firm's users.  Only your firm's users can see the detailed project information.  When project information is entered, it is not automatically contributed to the AIA 2030 Commitment.  You decide which projects are shared and which aren't.  By submitting projects to the AIA 2030 Commitment you are sharing the generic project information with the program that assists furthering the Design Data Movement, and you are adding to the data set of national and global projects that can be used for benchmarking, evaluating trends, and other types of research that could assist your firm to tell interesting stories.


What's the Value:

The AIA 2030 DDx was designed to provide on-going value to all the main stakeholders

(Firms, AIA,  and DOE):


  • The value to firm's is that the portfolio information is readily available for comparisons and research

  • The value to AIA is that it is easier for firm's to participate in the AIA 2030 Commitment, the generic data set roll-ups make the process of generating the AIA 2030 Commitment Annual Report more streamlined and more interesting stories will result each year.

  • The value to DOE is that the shared project information, such as Energy modeling Status and the associated inputs, assist to quantify the role and importance of energy modeling in the industry.  This type of data set has not currently existed, and it will assist putting the spotlight of the importance of continued investment in tools and resources.


4. Project Phases

Previously the criteria for reporting for the AIA 2030 Commitment was that a projecthad to have spent some time in a design phase during the year.  However, with the AIA 2030 DDx, firm's can create records for projects at each of the five different project phases for design and construction.  The most recent project phase will be the one included in the AIA 2030 Commitment reporting cycle.  (See Reporting Scenarios)


The project phase options carry through construction, so that over time there can be a full performance picture of projects in place that moves from design to construction to operations.  Creating project records at different project phases will allow you to see how your projects benchmark compared to other projects within the same project phase in RESEARCH.  


5. Incorporate Use Types and other Types

Projects tend to have multiple types, beyond just use (program) types.  One of the challenges with the spreadsheet tool was how to handle mixed use types.  You could calculate a Baseline EUI or Alternate LPD using the Mixed-Use Calculator tab, which could be entered in the project row, but the different use types weren't really being associated with the project.  

The AIA 2030 DDx allows use types, envelope, system and component types to be defined for projects in addition to the minimum AIA 2030 Commitment fields.  The value of this information will increase as the AIA 2030 DDx integration with other Department of Energy Tools, such as Asset Score, Home Energy Score and others.

An example:  On the General Inputs screen for each project you need to create at least one use type and include the area (GSF).  When you create two use types a couple of things happen:


  1. The National Average EUI for the combination of the use types is calculated and displayed within the reference table (shown to the right of the use types)

  2. The Use Type required inputs for Target Finder are set up (if that use type is applicable), so that when the Target Finder baseline option is selected the required fields are displayed.

  3. A tab for each use type is set up on the Building Envelope Screen, so that different characteristics, such as different glazing assembly types or sizes, can be defined for the different use types.

The AIA 2030 DDx provides a number of ways to work with 'types' on projects.